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Start Here: About This Book Club

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Welcome to the Knitting Book Club!

This is your home for asking questions, giving advice, and sharing your success stories (and frustrations!) about knitting.

Below is a sample of the types of books we could discuss in this group -- everything from beginner guides to advanced techniques, from fiction to memoir. There isn't a one-book-per-month structure for this conversation; instead, books like these will function as a springboard -- a reference library or a starting point -- for any knitting discussion you'd like to have.

A Good Yarn
Debbie Macomber
In the year since it opened, A Good Yarn has thrived -- and so has Lydia Hoffman, the owner. Four women, brought together by the craft of knitting, find companionship and comfort in each other. Who would've thought that knitting socks could change your life?

Stitch 'n Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook
Debbie Stoller
It's the essential guide for chicks with sticks -- from the tools of the trade to the knitty-gritty of techniques and patterns, all with easy-to-follow step-by-step illustrated techniques. After the how-to comes the why-to: forty hip, stylish patterns, as good for beginners as they are for purly pros.

The Knitting Circle
Ann Hood
After the sudden loss of her only child, Mary joins a knitting circle as a way to fill the empty hours and lonely days, not knowing that it will change her life. Alice, Scarlet, Lulu, Beth, Harriet, and Ellen welcome Mary into their circle despite her reluctance to open her heart to them. Each woman teaches Mary a new knitting technique, revealing their own stories of loss, love, and hope until Mary finds the spark of her own life again.

Knitting Beyond the Edge: Cuffs and Collars, Necklines, Hems, Closures: The Essential Collection of...
Nicky Epstein
Epstein shares more than 150 one-of-a-kind adornments for cuffs, collars, angles, corners, and necklines—embellishments for any type of garment edging. They range in difficulty level; some are simple but elegant, others complex and truly extraordinary. All are accompanied by detailed instructions and crisp color photography.

Knit One, Kill Two
Maggie Sefton
Kelly Flynn never picked up a pair of knitting needles she liked until she strolled into House of Lambspun. Now, in the first in a brand-new series, she learns how to knit one, purl two, and untangle the mystery behind her aunt's murder.

One-Skein Wonders
Judith Durant (Editor)
Every knitter's closet is overpopulated by clumps of skeins, those orphan strays left over from abandoned or completed projects. One-Skein Wonders solves this knotty problem by unraveling 101 original and imaginative solutions for these yarn orphans, including nifty mittens, hats, scarves, bags, socks, ponchos, baby sweaters, belts, headbands, and even a cell phone carrier and a tea cozy.

Wendy Knits: Adventures with Two Needles and an Attitude
Wendy D. Johnson
In this warm, wise, and witty memoir, Johnson takes a look at her lifelong obsession with "casting on" as she chronicles her journey from a crudely self-taught, left-handed beginner to one of the world's most prolific knitters-not to mention premier knitting bloggers.

The Crocheting School: A Complete Course
The materials you need, the way to hold the hook, and directions for dozens of stitches: here is essential information for any newcomer to crochet. Start out learning the 3 basic crochet stitches and quickly move on to making geometric forms, lace patterns, edgings, and seams. By the time you've worked your way though the large selection of stitches and weaves, you'll have mastered over 50 fundamental techniques.

We're excited to welcome a long-standing member of the community, Melissa W. (username: pedsphleb), as the Reader-Moderator for this group. She'll provide some general discussion questions to keep us moving forward, but you should also feel free to start a New Message at any time.

The conversation is all yours, so enjoy the book club!

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Re: Start Here: About This Book Club

I was hoping we weren't going to have to get a new book every month!!! But this is a good wish list to start with.

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Re: Start Here: About This Book Club


You won't need to get a new book every month. The books that are mentioned are great resources and project books. But you can choose to use your own resources and patterns.

You will see references to these books throughout the board especially when they cover a topic very well. But no pressure!! You may find, as we start talking about projects, that one or two of the books will be invaluable in your library.
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Re: Start Here: About This Book Club

I plan on adding them to my library as I go along. I think it's good to have a good selection of knitting books because questions come up and you can't always figure everything out and there's not always someone available to ask (sometimes those questions come up when the knitting shops are closed!).

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Re: Start Here: About This Book Club

I have read A Good Yarn, and have enjoyed it immensely. I also read the book that came before it, "The Shop on Blossom Street" by the same author and am currently the third instalment in the series, "Back on Blossom Street". Each book highlights a different pattern for knitting as well as a new batch of characters and a touch on the old.
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Re: Start Here: About This Book Club

Well, fortunately I have read a few of these... A Good Yarn - which I loved! and The Knitting Circle - which was also very good.  Both have inspired and encouraged me to continue knitting.
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